Did you know that Queen's singer, Paul Rodgers, used to play in this '70s band called Bad Company? Turns out they were pretty good too. On August 8, 2008, Rodgers took time off from his "regular" gig and reunited with the two other Bad Company founding members, Simon Kirke (drums), and Mick Ralphs (guitar), for a nostalgic 90-minute set at the Hard Rock Live in Hollywood, Florida. Original Bad Company bassist, Boz Burrell, passed away in 2006, so the band was augmented this night by Rodger's solo tour bassist, Lynn Sorensen, as well as former Heart guitarist, Howard Leese.
If you are a Paul Rodgers fan then feel free to get this DVD just for him. The man is an ageless wonder who, 58 at the time, still looks and sings like he his twenty years younger. Fans of the classic Bad Company line-up will surely be pleased to see Mick Ralphs back in the fold after all of the offshoot lineups this band has performed under since Rodgers quite back in 1982. Ralphs comes out Les Paul's ablazin' and looks like he is having the time of his life up there on stage again as they treat the 5000-plus capacity crowd to raucous 16-song set of all the old blues-rock classics he helped to write way back when.
Rodger's has been up front in admitting that this reunion was essentially to protect the band's legacy and to cement the rights to the trademark Bad Company name for future tours. That's cool with me, but I'd still like to see some new material before any future tours. The setlist is comprised entirely from the five albums Bad Company released on Led Zeppelin's brand new Swan Song record label between 1974 and 1979. The band's self-titled debut album was by far their best effort, and they wisely performed six of the album's eight original tracks this night.
The concert starts appropriately with Rodgers playing the opening keyboard riff to "Bad Company" on a black grand piano at center stage, as tons of dry ice swirls around his feet to set the mood. "That's why they call me...DUHT, DUHT, DAHHH....Baaaad Company!," kicks the song into overdrive, and the crowd into classic rock heaven. Look, I am not saying that watching this Bad Company reunion concert was the equivalent of a Led Zeppelin or Pink Floyd reunion, but it was pretty damn special if you are old fart like myself who can remember when their debut album dominated the airwaves, and can still sing most of the lyrics by heart.